Austrian president protects re-election with clear win, preventing overflow By Reuters


© Reuters. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen waves outside the ballot station throughout governmental elections in Vienna, Austria, October 9, 2022. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


By Francois Murphy

VIENNA (Reuters) -Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen protected a 2nd six-year term in workplace on Sunday by winning a clear bulk of votes in an election to prevent an overflow, according to forecasts based upon nearly all votes cast other than postal tallies.

The 78-year-old previous leader of the Greens has actually gathered broad appeal by forecasting calm throughout times of nationwide crisis, consisting of the collapse of the federal government in 2019 and the resignation of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz a year ago over corruption accusations that Kurz rejects.

The reactionary Freedom Party (FPO) was the only celebration in parliament to field a prospect versus Van der Bellen, who won a much tighter race versus an FPO challenger in 2016. Grandees from all other celebrations in parliament backed the president.

The Austrian president carries out a mainly ritualistic function, however likewise has sweeping powers that imply managing durations of shift and turbulence. The president is the leader in chef of the army and can sack the entire federal government or the chancellor.

“A majority is easily said, but an absolute majority means more votes than all others (candidates) combined, and one must take that very seriously. I was not at all sure that it would happen but it did, and I am very pleased,” Van der Bellen informed nationwide broadcaster ORF. He dealt with an all-male field of 6 challengers.

With 95% of the votes cast in ballot stations counted, a forecast by pollster SORA for ORF based upon that count put Van der Bellen on 56.1% with a margin of mistake of 1.1 portion points. His nearby competitor was the FPO’s Walter Rosenkranz on 17.9%.

“Alexander Van der Bellen really managed to ensure in the first round that he will be the next president. I congratulate him on that,” Rosenkranz informed ORF.

The votes depended on Sunday do not consist of postal tallies, which will be depended on Monday, however forecasts are for the outcome as an entire, consisting of postal tallies. Those forecasts have actually shown extremely dependable in the past.

A different forecast by ARGE Wahlen for news firm APA produced almost similar outcomes to SORA’s, putting Van der Bellen on 56% and Rosenkranz on 17.6%, based upon a count of 88% of votes cast in ballot stations.


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